irban wrote:help the most people
This, my friend, is THE sticking point between the right and the left. And I'm afraid it will never go away, it will only get worse.
It is plain and simple a difference in philosophy. I used to be there. I used to care only about myself. Screw everybody. I got mine, I'm good, everybody else can suck it.
Somewhere along the line, I changed. Getting married to a liberal? Having kids? Or simply growing up? Realizing I'm lucky. Realizing I'm one flip-of-the-coin from needing help. Realizing I might need help one day.
A huge contributing factor to the divide is those who abuse your wish to help the most people. We, wanting to help the most people, essentially ignore the abusers, accepting that they exist, arguing they are the minority, trying to find ways to stop the abuse. The right, by contrast, uses the abusers as the strongest support for survival of the fittest, arguing that they are a huge majority, and the tangible failure of our wishes to help others.
It's all just sad.